Organ architecture

Photograph of a piano

Throughout their careers the Audsleys experimented with lots of types decorative arts and even ventured into piano design. Their Egyptian-style showpiece, was made for the 1887 International Exhibition in Paris, although a second piano to the same design was also made. The makers were WH and GH Dreaper, who owned a shop on Bold Street, Liverpool.

Later George developed a great interest in pipe organs. He had been inspired by a recital that he attended at Liverpool's St George's Hall when he was about eighteen and was thought to have started building one at his home in Liverpool during the 1860s. The house he later occupied in London had a music room featuring an organ that he built.

Wanamaker Organ

Photograph of a large set of golden organ pipes

When George emmigrated to America, his work in organ design increased greatly. His largest project was the celebrated Wanamaker organ that can be seen in the Lord and Taylor department store in Philadelphia. It was created for the Los Angeles Art Organ Company for the St Louis World's Fair in 1904. It had 10,000 pipes, cost $105,000 to build and took 13 freight cars to move it by train from St Louis to Philadelphia. It took two years to install and has since been enlarged by a further 18,000 pipes. It continues to be played regularly.

In 1918 George went briefly into partnership with organist Arthur Scot Brook. He continued to design organs and wrote many of the standard works on the subject until his death in 1925.